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We Need to Talk About English: On National Literature Surveys and Other Aspects of the Curriculum

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Stephen Dougherty

University of Agder, NO
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This essay argues for reevaluating the national literature survey model in the first year of postsecondary English instruction in Norway and considering alternatives that are more ethical, inclusive and innovative than nation-based surveys. In order to make this argument, the essay discusses the problems with literary nationalism and the kinds of political implications involved in teaching literature as restricted by the figure of the nation. The essay also challenges Norwegian higher education to consider the purposes of the English Program within the modern Norwegian university.

How to Cite: Dougherty, S., 2021. We Need to Talk About English: On National Literature Surveys and Other Aspects of the Curriculum. Nordic Journal of English Studies, 20(2), pp.249–266.
Published on 18 Oct 2021.

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